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Monday, January 17, 2011
Strategy & Leadership: Do you play draughts?
How do you approach the development of strategies and strategic plans? Some people adopt a ‘draught’ like manner – advancing mostly only forwards, occasionally sacrificing a piece when there is a need to and treating all the pieces on the board in the same way. ("We'll have road show to get the message out to everyone!")
Chess players are different. They recognise the diversity of pieces on the board, play a long game, several (if not many) moves ahead and knowing that even pawns alone can win.
And there was a discussion on how it could be brought down. My suggestion was to release the 'O' as well in the hope of luring a passing giant wanting to play noughts and crosses (tic tac toe for those who speak American English). The 'winning' suggestion was to find the lightest person in the group, tie all the other balloons to them and send them to retrieve it. How would you bring it down?
Change facilitator and organisational development practitioner with 24+ years experience across the public services and commercial world. And now a blogger too.
Also a Town Councillor in Buckingham - working with and for local people to make the town even healthier, safer and wealthier for everyone who lives, visits, studies and plays in the place
My passions are:
... Designing and facilitating ‘big’ meetings / whole system processes to shape the future & handle the present
... Coaching & helping people to lead change & innovation
...Creating away-days where lunch is not the highlight
... And questioning - where I have a reputation for challenging people and organisations in ways that I hope makes them ‘wriggle but not squirm’
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